Im having a rather unusual dilemma. Im not a complete computer novice, but wanted advice from u guys for the most effective/efficient way of tackling my little issue.
Ok so here goes (please bear with me):
I have 4 internal hard drives in my desktop.
2 X Samsung Spinpoint 1tb each (SATA)
1 X Hitachi 250gb (IDE)
1 X Maxtor 160gb (IDE)
Now the problem is that about a week ago i started hearing 1-2 clicks (one short click followed by half a second of noise that the harddrive makes when u access files, no whistling). But i didnt know what hard drive was the culprit. I was able to access all drives and the clicks didnt really appear in any specific order, it was spontaneous. Anyway, did a test using one of the professional softwares, 3 seemed to have passed but one of the sammy's (this was a storage drive anyway) failed the S.M.A.R.T test and software recommendation was to back it up. Then a day or so later, i was unable to access/transfer anything out of that sammy drive, everytime i did, i kept getting an i/o error.
I thought i had the drive sussed. Anyway, i moved it out of the computer (the supposed faulty F1), into a caddy, connected it to my laptop and im backing the files up. I dont hear the clicky noise, i can access all files and transferring is not problematic either.
So while im concentrating on the F1 in the caddy, i hear the click of death noise coming from the dektop. So now im thinking that theres probably 2 drives out of 4 that are on their way out. So now i need to find out which one is clicking.
I have connected 1 at a time on the desktop, but i dont hear the click on any of the remaining 3 individually, but have done so when there was 3/4 in at the same time. I have downloaded HUTIL for samsung, but i wont be able to run this on both, because im transferring stuff from one on to the other , so i will only be able to test this on the F1 that failed the smart test, as samsung say that i may lose all data on the drive that i test it on.
Other then that i can run seatools for windows on all 4 drives, but im expecting the 3 to return back as passed. If the software says its passed and the drives are ok, should i ignore and carry on? If not, how do i find out which drive is faulty, without waiting and seeing which one dies on me?
Is there anything that i should do that i have overlooked?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Also im having difficulties with transferring data from one of the F1 to my laptop. I can view the data but everytime i try to copy/transfer it to the laptop, i keep getting access denied. Im not too sure how to change the permissions, but when i try it tells me that the changes havnt been applied and acess denied :(